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AcademicWorks

AcademicWorks is well suited for large university campuses that have various scholarships across different departments. AcademicWorks can streamline the application, reviewing and awarding processes for these large universities. It is less appropriate for smaller colleges that have fewer scholarships and who choose award recipients manually.
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Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

This is a great and easy tool to use to search for funding at a nonprofit organization, it is all in one place and results are easy to pick from. It is a good go to source for nonprofits to use when looking for different grants and avenues of funding opportunities.
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Pros

  • Ease of set-up of the scholarship applications every year.
  • The report functionality allows us to be able to sort through the applicants easily.
  • The review functionality is user-friendly that anyone new to the system can easily learn it.
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  • Search is easy and allows for looking at key areas.
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Cons

  • There could be improvement when attaching documents. Students sometimes get errors on uploading documents due to file names with certain characters.
  • Room for improvement could be mobile functionality.
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  • As this platform grows, more data will be available and I'm looking forward to even further narrowed search results.
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Alternatives Considered

At the time that we made the switch, NextGen was not able to offer the option that committee reviewers could rank a student and that their ranking could carry over into multiple scholarships. We already had over 70 committee reviewers and the process to review some of the more general scholarship applicants was taking more than 10 hours. The AcademicWorks System allows each applicant to be ranked by a number of committee reviewers (you set the number of reviewers) one time and the score can be propagated across multiple scholarships. This is an efficient use of the reviewers time and keeps the time commitment manageable.
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Return on Investment

  • It has provided a positive ROI in our scholarship management, without having to outsource this function in our department.
  • The help we get from the support team is phenomenal that yearly set up can be done with a few days.
  • For what we get done with it, it is a good investment.
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  • We don't apply for many grants, however; we use look for resources to direct nonprofit when looking for additional funding outside of our funding process.
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Pricing Details

AcademicWorks

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details